Posted: 30 Sep, 2019

In my previous musing, I spoke about friendship as a first stepping stone in my journey.

Stepping stone two was an 11-day vision quest training that I signed up for in Durango, Colorado. I was keen to gain both a personal immersion in this Native American rite of passage process and also to gain a trainer/facilitator perspective for my own professional work and in my role as an elder in the Usiko Stellenbosch community organization.

The vision quest took me (and 13 other questers) to a remote part of the San Juan Mountains near Durango- no emails, cell phone, civilization, showers, and junk foods; but occasional deer, coyotes, brown bears, and persistent mosquitoes and flies for company. The toughest challenge was combining a four-day fast (water only), with a three-day solo. A deeply personal, mystical, emotional and spiritual experience.

Stepping stone three had me step from the vision quest encounter to an exciting visit with Open Sky (an organization that presents wilderness therapy (WT) programmes in the USA) also in Durango. I had the opportunity to be part of Open Sky’s parents’ wellness programme and to observe their WT programme in action with adolescents and young adults. I came away with a deeper belief in the healing power of the wilderness.

 

San Gecko's Musings #05Stepping stones in my wanderingIn my previous musing, I spoke about friendship as a first stepping stone in my journey. Stepping stone two was an 11-day vision quest training that I signed up for in Durango, Colorado. I was keen to gain both a personal immersion in this Native American rite of passage process and also to gain a trainer/facilitator perspective for my own professional work and in my role as an elder in the Usiko Stellenbosch community organization. The vision quest took me (and 13 other questers) to a remote part of the San Juan Mountains near Durango- no emails, cell phone, civilization, showers, and junk foods; but occasional deer, coyotes, brown bears, and persistent mosquitoes and flies for company. The toughest challenge was combining a four-day fast (water only), with a three-day solo. A deeply personal, mystical, emotional and spiritual experience.Stepping stone three had me step from the vision quest encounter to an exciting visit with Open Sky (an organization that presents wilderness therapy (WT) programmes in the USA) also in Durango. I had the opportunity to be part of Open Sky’s parents’ wellness programme and to observe their WT programme in action with adolescents and young adults. I came away with a deeper belief in the healing power of the wilderness.

Posted by San Gecko's Musings on Friday, 20 September 2019